BRIDAL STYLE: Fresh and Fabulous Modern Bridal Updos #BridalUpdos #BridalHair

The most popular hairstyle for brides has traditionally been some sort of updo or bun situation. This is because, typically, updos are extra-extra special. Buns bring to mind glamour, ballet dancers, movie stars, royalty and elegance. In most cases this look will require careful styling from a professional, plus an investment of both time and money. In other words, this style is not an every-day look. Who, for example, has an hour and at least a hundred bucks for their regular hairstyle? Nobody! But, when all eyes will be on you on the most SPECIAL day….making the effort to be extraordinary is totally WORTH IT! We’ve sourced some of the prettiest bridal updos around, and we hope you will find some wedding day hairstyle inspiration here.

 

First up is a series of loose updos, sourced from Pinterest, each embellished with gorgeous bridal hair accessories. Who doesn’t love a triple stranded pearl, right? The addition of a floral bridal vine on the side is so on-trend. And, you can never go wrong with an above bun beaded piece.

Another fave is the addition of braiding techniques to the updo. Encircle your crown with a series of twists and braids for a casually beautiful style. Or get edgy with a mohawk-inspired do! Love!!! Super loose braids can go traditional when you add in a white lace comb!

But, you don’t actually HAVE to spend any money or much time at all if you style a quick updo for yourself. We’ve got to say we are big fans of an uber pared-down approach to a bridal bun. A clean, slicked back chignon or do-it-yourself ballet bun provide effortless style that you can easily do yourself. And forgoing accessories of any kind takes this modern and minimalist wedding day look to another level. So freaking chic!!!

Yet Another Beauty Site has a wonderful tutorial for an elegant yet easy chignon below:

We adore a simple classic updo featuring a side or center part. Look, if Kate did it, you know it is on point. Of course, we absolutely love adding to the style by adding a huge floral crown a la Frida Kahlo.

If you are asking yourself, “Umm, wait, who is Frida Kahlo?”, she was one of Mexico’s most important painters! Frida was a harbinger of today’s selfie-obsessed culture, since she mostly painted self-portraits. Wild and wonderful she had impeccable personal style influenced by Mexican culture, and her famous folk art explored questions of identity, gender, class, and race in society. So if you are leaning toward an updo with a floral crown,  let this amazing lady be your muse:

Gorgeous bridal updos go glam with the addition of bridal hair vines, hair clips and veils!

And, to finish out our bridal hairspiration, we are circling back to our most favorite look: the messy updo. So soft, romantic, carefree and pretty! Tuck in some fresh greenery and floral elements to take the look sunshine and fresh air worthy! Or try a super carefree look with loose tendrils escaping here and there, and you will look like the heroine of an English romance novel.

No matter which updo you choose, you can be sure you will be looking your very best for your happy day!

TREND ALERT: Greenery for your Wedding #GiantWreaths #GreeneryBouquets #GreeneryBackdrop

We love the tend towards a greenery-heavy wedding look. From verdant swags, to all-green bouquets and mossy table runners, greenery is making major decor moments at weddings these days. The perfect way to add nature and style to your event, greenery is a fresh alternative to the more traditional floral look. This trend is not only naturally beautiful, but it is also extremely budget friendly. Even if you are getting married indoors with nary a window in sight, using greenery allows you to bring the outdoors in!

There are so many gorgeous types of foliage to chose from, like: lily grass, leather leaf, tree fern, galax, lavender, sage, monstera leaves, ivy, rosemary, cordyline and eucalyptus.

Blue Spruce, Cedar, Magnolia, Pine, Redwood and Juniper are other fragrant choices.

The stunning simplicity of an all green bouquet can be an unexpected and glamorous choice for brides:

Lush fern fronds can soften the look of an all green bouquet, while succulents added to the mix bring in a boho vibe. We love the wild and free feeling of the most unstructured green bouquets that look as if you simply pulled some things out of your yard. They certainly provide a, “Now, why didn’t I think of that when I got married?” moment! (Using a armload of green can certainly save you a bundle of cash, without sacrificing beauty or style!)

A few floral elements can be incorporated into a mostly green bouquet, too. This way, the flowers you chose to include, will definitely pop!

If you decide to go with a permanent bouquet option, Friend of Faux has a great DIY pictorial tutorial below, totally composed of fake stems which look gorgeously real in our opinion:

Another trend we love for ceremonies is the use of a GIANT wreath. These super-sized cuties make a breathtaking and picture-perfect backdrop. (Check out our last blog post, here, on how to make your own giant wreath using a hula hoop and dollar store items.)

Even small greenery wreaths pack a big decorating punch, especially when grouped together. You whip these up yourself in no time at all! And, we love the idea that these wedding decor items could easily find a spot in you and your fiancee’s home after the big day! Imagine how sweet and sentimental it would feel seeing one of your wedding wreaths as you enter your front door every day!

If you feel like making your own gorgeous wreath, we found an awesome, simple boxwood DIY Tutorial from myfabulesslife.com here!

Vibrant swaths of greenery, artfully draped on a frame make amazing arches to say your “i do’s” under.

A totally natural, creeping vine on a brick wall works as well for a photo backdrop for the bride and groom as does a carefully arranged trellis.

Greenery adds a delightful finishing touch to a two tiered, white wedding cake. And who can resist a generous path of green down the center of the reception tables?

 

We will leave you with some wise and wonderful words about the color green from Kermit the Frog:

It’s not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow, or gold
Or something much more colorful like that
It’s not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
‘Cause you’re not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky
But green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river
Or tall like a tree
When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder why wonder
I am green, and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful, and I think it’s what I want to be

 

 

Wedding Inspiration: Victorian

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At The Gilded Gown we have a love for all things vintage. Throw out the name of any era to us and we will immediately imagine styles we love associated with that time period. The Roaring Twenties? Well that brings to mind the lovely Great Gatsby-esque, Art Deco fashion: shimmery skirts to dance the night away in, cloche hats, and adorably cropped, bobbed hair. The Sixties? The hippie aesthetic appeals to our boho loving sensibilities: long flowing clothing,  wildflowers, embroidery, and a free-spirited look. Mention the 1950’s and we are gonna be thinking of all things Rock-n-Roll, peep toe pumps, red lips and men who look like James Dean! We might not have a huge grasp on actual historical events that occurred during past decades but we are well versed in how awesome people dressed.

Looking to styles of the past is a splendid way to theme your wedding. You can embrace the details that you love about an era and blend it seamlessly with modern touches to make it your own. If you are looking for a grand, glamorous, opulent wedding that practically oozes romance and refinement, we suggest taking your style cues from the Victorian Era! One of the most exciting times in history, the Victorian era is named for this lady, Queen Victoria:

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Queen Victoria not only looked fierce, she WAS. She loved art and spoke seven languages. Barely five feet tall, she was an outspoken woman who actually proposed to her first cousin Prince Albert. Their love story was a passionate one – they had nine children together.

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She said about her husband, “Without him everything loses its interest.” When Albert died at age 42, Victoria went into a state of mourning and wore only black the rest of her life. The time of her reign, known as the Victorian era, was a time of splendid sensibilities and profound prosperity. Weddings were feminine, delicate affairs loaded with lace, puff sleeves, crinolines, gloves, veils, flowers, dainty details and delicate colors. Check out the lovely Victorian bride below:

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Modern Victorian Weddings include lots of lush florals, candelabras, cameos, delicate china, top hats, greenery, silver and gold, crystals and vintage furnishings. For your Victorian style wedding, please take inspiration from the following lovely images from Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, The Gilded Gown archives and the Interweb:

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We’ve also sourced several details available for purchase for your Victorian themed wedding:

The Gilded Gown offers lots of luxurious, Victorian inspired gowns like this strapless David Tutera lace trumpet wedding dress, which is delicately beaded and embroidered with tulle over memory taffeta:114293_blue_wedding_dresses_2014

For a more modern interpretation of a Victorian gown, how about this lovely Lillian West gown? You can feel dreamy in this feminine chiffon A-line gown with an illusion V-neckline, lace appliqués on the sleeves and sheer back, and a dropped waistline. This gown is completed with a chapel length train.

You can rent any decor items to compliment your theme from Vintage Inspirations Rentals  in Lenoir City. This is a tremendous resource for Knoxville area brides! Love!

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Vintage Inspirations Rentals – Lenoir City, TN

 

CeceliaJane on Etsy, offers these lovely, fresh and floral Victorian invites:

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This set of 30 Skeleton Keys is available from GlowberryCreations on etsy for less than $20 and would be theme-appropriate for use with your seating chart or as favors:

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And, in parting, since you are getting married and will understand perfectly, we will leave you with the immortal, hopelessly romantic words of Emily Bronte:

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What’s more fun than a CIRCUS wedding?

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Circus Themed Wedding Inspiration:

Do you want your friends and family to have a blast at your wedding? How about throwing a big-top, carnival-style extravaganza? Nothing says FUN like carnival games, concession treats and performers. Taking a theme and going all out can be really entertaining for you as well! So step right up ladies and gentleman, we have lots of circus wedding inspiration for you.

Also, if you are so inclined, please check out our super fantastic Pinterest board for circus weddings here!

And, to get you in the mood to put on your show, please enjoy Julius Fucik famed “Entry of the Gladiators”:

First off, you can set the stage for your event by sending out carnival-inspired invites to all your guests. They will know as soon as they open the envelope that your wedding will be an exciting celebration.

DIYWedingsPrintable on Etsy has the following template if you want to print your own invitations:

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How cute is this groom in his red tux? Featured on Ruffled, this Long Island Wedding provides loads of circus/carnival wedding styling inspo.

We think our gorgeous halter strap, trumpet style wedding gowns would look amazing at a circus wedding:

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Rent a big red and white striped tent, like this one captured by famed English wedding photographer Kat Forsyth of katforsyth.com!

Striped wedding tent for a carnival circus wedding theme by Kat Forsythe Photography.:

Carnival games at the reception are a must:

Offer carnival games instead of lawn games during your wedding cocktail hour - so fun! {The Big Affair}:

 

How about serving these adorable faux snow cones by Bakerella? They are actually cupcakes so you can make them ahead (and they won’t melt), but they look like icy snow cones and just might fool your guests.

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And, any good circus is going to have POPCORN! TheYummyLife.com has great recipe for making brightly colored popcorn to fit with your theme.

Aqua and Red popcorn:

Why not serve it in adorable circus popcorn bags?

Yesbabydaily.com has loads of adorable carnival food ideas:

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Your cake design provides lots of opportunity to add to your circus theme!

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For more circus wedding ideas, please visit Green Wedding Shoes post:

Vintage Circus Wedding: Stacey + Josh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bye Bye Prom Window, Hello Gorgeous Giant White Paper Flower Window #BridalWindowDisplay #WhitePaperFlower

As we bid adieu to Prom Season 2016 it is time to welcome this year’s exciting new Bridal Season. Yay Brides! WE LOVE YOU.

And it is time to say “Bye-Bye” to our Prom Window Display and “Hello” to something new, fresh and beautiful. (And something relatively easy and inexpensive!)

Bridal season brings to mind Springtime and Happiness. And since most of our brides are working the rustic, outdoor, DIY theme we thought a flower based window design theme would be fitting. After all, as Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Earth laughs in flowers.”

Inspired by great images sourced on Pinterest, we decided to install a giant white paper flower wall for our new window display. We know this is not news to anybody, but: There are tons of great tutorials on paper flower making and tissue paper flower DIY on Pinterest! WE LOVE YOU PINTEREST!

We scavenged the materials from what we had behind the counter: One ream of copy paper, white tissue paper, three rolls of scotch tape, one roll of white duct tape, two pairs of scissors. patience and two pairs of willing hands!

We spent a few hours (six!) cutting out graduated petals in different shapes and fashioning the flower centers in varying ways. After taping them in concentric circles and adding the centers we got super inspired. We started rolling the petal edges around a pencil and loved the results. Then we realized that the flowers looked best when crumpled up, so we had a good time “distressing” our work. The flowers are basically fool-proof. Even the sad looking ones looked great when clustered together with the prettier flowers.

Installation consisted of tearing down the old display and duct taping the new flowers to the wall. Installation took about 15 minutes.

We LOVE the new window display. We will probably be making more flowers to fill it in some.

Come by and visit us at The Gilded Gown! We’d your thoughts on our new window display!